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InformationWeek: Web-Development Language Choices

Jan 18, 2000, 16:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

"While it's somewhat sensationalistic to pit the PHP Web-scripting language against Perl, as the two need not be in direct competition in the real world of Web applications, it is reasonable to select one development path. Whether that path primarily involves PHP or Perl programming may be a significant decision. Although programming languages tend to evoke a certain zealotry from their followers, there is no one true development path. Adaptation to the project at hand is key, and the focus is on the benefits and trade-offs between the two languages."

"Perl is the elder of the two languages. It was developed in 1987 by Larry Wall as a Unix system-administration tool, and it established its reputation through the early 1990s as it matured into version 4. Originally known as the Practical Extraction and Report Language, Perl has grown into a heavyweight that combines many of the most powerful aspects of other programming languages, from Pascal to C++...."

"But PHP packs a surprising amount of power in its simple structure. It's also much more focused than Perl-PHP is oriented with the Web in mind, and its capabilities beyond Web-specific tasks are still evolving."

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